These days, when it comes to guilty pleasures, there’s certainly no shortage of them on TV. It seems like television is becoming more and more nuanced and there’s now actually something for everyone. But what exactly is a guilty pleasure? To me, it’s a show that maybe you’re a little too afraid to admit on social media that you’re watching, but it’s also a show that’s so good that you wish you could shout it from the rooftops!

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Here are some of my favourite guilty pleasures!

Nurse Jackie

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Nurse Jackie is one of those shows that many people forget is still on TV. I’m guessing that’s because a lot of people are like me and can’t decide if this is because Nurse Jackie is too good for its own good.

Jackie is one of the most interesting characters on television. I say “interesting” in the same way you would say a date was “interesting” when you’re not sure if it was good or bad. In one sense, Nurse Jackie is an amazing show about a dedicated nurse who bends the terrible American medical system to benefit her patients. A modern day superhero some might say. On the other hand, when it comes to her friends and family, Jackie is one of the most selfish and narcissistic characters to ever grace our television screens. One minute you love her, and the next you hate her. It’s sometimes frustrating to watch, but in a good way, because you want Jackie to get caught, you want her to get help and you want her to just get back to being an amazing nurse. But it’s the road that she takes that makes this show so addictive to watch.

“The Roast of…” series.

Every year, some people look forward to the Oscars, others the Super Bowl. Me? Well, I lose sleep over my excitement for Comedy Central’s roasts, which in years past have featured Roseanne Barr, Joan Rivers, Larry The Cable Guy, Bob Saget, Flavor Flav, William Shatner, Pamela Anderson, James Franco, Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump, David Hasselhoff and of course, Justin Bieber.

I honestly couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve watched these roasts. They harken back to the ol’ Dean Martin roast days when I think celebrities didn’t take their lives so seriously.

Now, make no mistake, the roastees don’t have it easy up there. Some of the jokes are brutal, but they’re also hilarious and I like to think that there’s a little truth to the jokes that comedians are firing off. But the victims of the jokes are always good sports about it and they’re a blast to watch! Definitely worth an epic binge watching session!

Veronica Mars


Hands down one of my favourite television shows ever. I hate that I have to put this in the guilty pleasure list, but the fact is that many people couldn’t get over the fact that a show about a teen sleuth was just so good, and it is. It’s really, really good. For three seasons, Veronica Mars solved both small cases and big ones (murders, bus explosions!), all while being witty and dealing with all the things teens deal with like romance and yes, scholarship applications. If you’re not convinced, how’s this: Ten years after the show was unceremoniously canceled, the creator started a Kickstarter campaign and it became one of the most successful crowd-sourcing campaigns of all time. The reason? Fans are justifiably rabid about this show and you will be too!



When it comes to guilty pleasures, there’s probably none guiltier than Dallas. It was like that when it first aired from 1978 to 1991, and then even more so when it was rebooted a few years ago. For three seasons, the show brought back some of the original’s best characters and introduced some new members of what has to be the most dramatic family in all of TV history. The reboot does benefit from one thing the 70s version didn’t: a less conservative audience, meaning that the show definitely amps up the sexiness of the Texas family and yes, makes watching the show even more over the top, but in the best possible way. The show only lasted three seasons, but if I had to wager a guess, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the Ewings.

Inside Amy Schumer

At first glance, Inside Amy Schumer is just the next incarnation of the risk-taking comedians. (see also: Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman, etc.) But what Inside Amy Schumer actually is, is a bitingly funny satire, poking holes in all the things about our modern life that we hold dear. From reality shows, to online dating and dealing with annoying co-workers, it’s all the stuff that we vent about to our friends., Shumer is like that friend that takes it to the line and often crosses over it, and we all need a friend like that. Check out the show, which is becoming increasingly packed with a-list cameos and enjoy the jokes, because there’s a good message behind them and that’s the power of a great comedian!

Mike Morrison


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